Written by: Jennifer Jacobs
Redshirt junior cross-country runner Katherine Yost is continuing to dominate in 2016, taking second place in a 5K at the Trevecca Nazarene D2 Showcase. She broke Allison Lones’ record of 19:13 set on Oct. 23, 2010.
Yost, named PBC Runner of the Week and Bobcat Athlete of the Week, finished the race with a time of 18:57. “I’ve actually run faster than that,” said Yost, who didn’t even know what the record was. “I really just wanted to win because I had her [the girl who won] the whole race. I had even passed her.”
Yost has finished first among Bobcat runners twice already this season. The Bobcats finished seventh in the race as a team, finishing up with a total of 158 points. Finishing second and third for the Bobcats were freshmen Kaitlyn Griffith and Anna Tipton. Throughout the spring, Yost found out that running less helps her perform better, and she is now only running a few times a week. She finds that running less has seemed to help her run faster, along with the cross training she and the rest of her teammates engage in every week.
However, Yost is also injury prone and said that she really has to be careful with how much she trains. Of the 10 women on the team, six are freshmen, making upperclassmen leadership that much more important. “This young group looks up to Katherine,” Cary said. “There’s an excitement.”
While Yost serves as a leader for the team, she also turns to her teammates for support and encouragement. “This whole year they’ve been giving me advice,” Yost said. “I get super nervous and they always talk me through it.”
Last year, Yost finished sixteenth overall in the PBC Championship, and only the top 15 got called out at the end. “It sucked because I was so close,” Yost said. The Bobcat crosscountry teams travel to Charlotte, North Carolina on Oct. 7 to compete in the Royals XC Challenge.
On Oct. 22, Georgia College hosts the PBC Championship at 10:15 a.m., so there is still plenty of time for Yost to set yet another school record.